In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”There’s something about doors that makes it interesting to capture. Isn’t it? As if you’re looking into another piece of its town history.
Ilocos Region, Philippines – You haven’t been to Ilocos unless you’ve tried authentic Ilocano dishes. Known for being thriftiest people in the Philippines, Ilocanos keep their food simple but impressive. Their cuisine only use the ingredients that are abundant in their surroundings but delivers distinct flavors! These flavors are brought by using bagoong (shrimp sauce) and Ilocano vinegar and garlic.
Johor, Malaysia – Imagination has always been the key to enjoying every little thing we do when we were kids. From playing with cars, to battling evil foes with our action figures, and even pretending to be on a swimming pool when we are only taking a dip in a pail of water. It is rare to get in touch with our inner child when we step into the professional world. Or is it..? Not when there is this awesome place called Legoland! cue “Everything is Awesome” music!
Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines – From Pagudpud we traveled down south to cover the rest of our itinerary. This includes the areas near the boundary of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. From old churches to ancestral houses, zoo, museum and cobble-stoned street – Vigan all have it, no wonder the city is dubbed as one of the new 7 wonder cities of the world.
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines – If the Day 1 of our Ilocandia trip was mostly about old churches and Marcos memorabilia, our Day 2 was all about the unspoiled natural beauty of northern part of Ilocos Norte – from sea to falls, rocks to sands and more.
Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines – This is where our travel-back-in-time weekend began. As mentioned on the earlier post, we left Manila at around 9 PM and arrived the next day at the city center of Laoag at 6AM. Yes, we started the tour right after we arrived!
Ilocos, Philippines – Hurray to the newly hailed wonder city of the world! As most of you didn’t know, I, Sheila, have an Ilocano blood. My roots, both sides, are from the Northern Philippines, Ilocos and Cagayan Region. Thus, I’m really proud and happy when I heard the news that Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is one of the new 7 wonder cities of the world. Wooohoo!
Though I’ve been in Ilocos and Cagayan multiple times, the last time I’ve been in Vigan was when I was 12 years old, too long that I somehow forgot what it looks like. Thus, I’m so grateful that last year I was able to rekindle my childhood, and of course, glad to share the experience with Rap. Since this was his first time up north, we visited not only Vigan, but we’ve also seen the other parts of the region, both Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.
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Siem Reap, Cambodia – One of the highlights of our Angkor experience is watching the sunset on top of Phnom Bakheng temple. Situated on top of a hill, we got to see 360 degrees view of Siem Reap, including the Angkor Wat temple. Definitely the best spot to experience a true Angkor sunset.
Apparently, every tourist here knows about that.
Siem Reap, Cambodia – Ton Le Sap is recognized as the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. There’s no doubt that this is one of the best tourist attractions in Cambodia as it is beautiful in its own right. We are truly astonished when we visited the place, but once we got to know a little more info, we got quashed with mixed feelings.
Siem Reap, Cambodia – Seeing Angkor Wat has always been part of our travel bucket list. Glad we were able to finally crossed it out from our list last April. Instead of hunting eggs, we spent our Easter Weekend hunting majestic Angkorian temples and it was one of our best trips to date!
Most travelers come in Siem Reap to explore Angkor archaeological park. That’s why it is dubbed as the ‘Gateway to Angkor’. It is the main reason of your visit, but there’s so much more to that.